Nicholas Griffith Leach

Vice President at CIBC Asset Management, Inc.

Nicholas Griffith Leach

Nicholas Griffith Leach

Vice President at CIBC Asset Management, Inc.

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Managing Director & Head of Fixed Income at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Managing Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Vice President & Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Former Chief Risk Officer & Chief Administration Officer at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Vice President & Director at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Vice President at TD Asset Management, Inc.

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Nicholas Griffith Leach
Vice President at CIBC Asset Management, Inc.
Education
BA in Economics

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 82,000* students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 500,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T's influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.

Career History
Vice President
2012 - Current

CIBC AM uses a variety of tools in conducting methods of analysis and investment strategies for the various asset classes that they manage. These methods of analysis and strategies are generally designed for long term investing. The International Equity Portfolio Strategy aims to provide long-term returns through capital appreciation by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of equity securities of foreign companies located in Europe, the Far East, and the Pacific Basin. Their investment process is focused on bottom-up security selection. CIBC AM seeks to invest in companies that are global or regional leaders in their respective industries and whose earnings growth rate is consistently greater than that of the global economy. They focus mainly on large capitalization companies in sectors exhibiting long-term, predictable, above-average volume growth. The Canadian Fixed Income Portfolio Strategy aims to generate income while attempting to preserve capital by investing primarily in bonds, debentures, and other debt instruments of Canadian governments and corporations. The strategy may invest in securities of foreign issuers where permitted. Fundamental macroeconomic research forms the basis for portfolio construction utilizing top down strategies such as duration, sector allocation, and yield curve positioning. Portfolio Managers rely on a dedicated in-house Credit Research team responsible for analyzing the credit of every corporate issuer that are invested in the money market and active bond portfolios. The Currency Management Strategy offers both passive and active currency management. The investment objective of passive currency management strategies is to hedge some or all of the foreign currency exposure back to a base currency.

Vice President
2002 - 2012

TDAM employs various methods of security analysis. The firm's fixed income investment philosophy is based upon strong and independent credit research. Proprietary research is vital to the firm's investment process and forms the basis for all of their investment decisions. Within the quantitative investment strategies, TDAM use a number of proprietary risk models to evaluate companies and select investments. The Low Volatility Equity strategy relies on proprietary risk models to construct optimized portfolios of stocks which have demonstrated lower long-term volatility. These risk models use statistical methods to capture the relationships between currency and stock return fluctuations. Similarly, the Systematic Alpha strategy relies on proprietary return factor models, which use statistical methods to determine the properties of stocks that have historically been associated with superior performance. Core factors include value (higher earnings and dividend yields), market sentiment (price momentum and earnings revisions), quality (profitability, operating efficiency, distance-to-default), and corporate management (shareholder friendly practices). Each of these strategies invest in a diversified portfolio of equity securities including, but not limited to, common and preferred stocks, securities convertible into common stocks, ETFs, American Depository Receipts, and real estate investment trusts. Each of these strategies will also invest in money market securities and other cash management vehicles.

Fixed Income Analyst
2001 - 2001

Clarica Life Insurance Co. used to provide life insurance and investment solutions. Its insurance products and services were universal, permanent and term life insurance, accident, health, death & disability insurance and financial planning services. The company was headquartered in Waterloo, UK.

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Vice President & Director
Current

TDAM employs various methods of security analysis. The firm's fixed income investment philosophy is based upon strong and independent credit research. Proprietary research is vital to the firm's investment process and forms the basis for all of their investment decisions. Within the quantitative investment strategies, TDAM use a number of proprietary risk models to evaluate companies and select investments. The Low Volatility Equity strategy relies on proprietary risk models to construct optimized portfolios of stocks which have demonstrated lower long-term volatility. These risk models use statistical methods to capture the relationships between currency and stock return fluctuations. Similarly, the Systematic Alpha strategy relies on proprietary return factor models, which use statistical methods to determine the properties of stocks that have historically been associated with superior performance. Core factors include value (higher earnings and dividend yields), market sentiment (price momentum and earnings revisions), quality (profitability, operating efficiency, distance-to-default), and corporate management (shareholder friendly practices). Each of these strategies invest in a diversified portfolio of equity securities including, but not limited to, common and preferred stocks, securities convertible into common stocks, ETFs, American Depository Receipts, and real estate investment trusts. Each of these strategies will also invest in money market securities and other cash management vehicles.

Awards & Honors
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
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